NEW YORK CITY, NY - In a shocking development, late-night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert have announced that they will be taking a hiatus from their shows due to the ongoing TV writers' strike. Millions of Americans are now left wondering who will foot the ever-crucial task of telling them what to laugh at.
"It's a sad day for comedy," said fan and frequent viewer Megan Kelley. "I used to love Jimmy's monologues about nothing in particular and Stephen's exaggerated eye-rolls, but who knows what I'll find funny now that they're not there to guide me?"
Sources close to the hosts say they are taking a much-needed break after spending years in the spotlight. "Both Jimmy and Stephen are exhausted from maintaining their beaming, perfectly manicured personas," said a close source. "They need some time to unwind and take off their suits and ties."
Some Americans, however, are skeptical of the hosts' sincerity. "How hard can it be to tell jokes and make witty remarks for an hour a night?" said John Smith, a self-proclaimed "comedy expert." "I don't buy it. They're probably just trying to prove how important they are."
In the absence of Fallon and Colbert, networks have scrambled to provide alternative programming. One network has announced a new reality show entitled "Celebrity Unpacking," in which celebrities will unpack and organize their homes. "It's hilarious," said executive producer Jon Prentice. "You wouldn't believe the amount of clutter these rich people have."
Fans of the late-show hosts, however, are not convinced. "I can't imagine anything more boring than watching celebrities organize their sock drawers," said Kelley. "Bring back Jimmy and Stephen!"
In response to the backlash, the hosts released a joint statement: "We want to thank our fans for their years of support. But it's time for us to take a break and recharge. Plus, we have to practice our exaggerated reactions in private."
Despite the hosts' assurance, many Americans are still distraught at the loss of their favorite late-night talk show personalities. "Without them, who will tell us what to laugh at?" said Smith. "I guess we'll have to figure it out on our own."
In the meantime, Fallon and Colbert have been spotted lounging on a tropical beach, sipping piña coladas and gesturing wildly at the occasional seagull. "Can you believe how hilarious that bird is?" quipped Colbert, before collapsing into a fit of giggles. Fans can only hope that their beloved hosts will return soon, once they're done laughing at themselves.